KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Volatile markets and spillover effects of the worst drought of the year caused business to make tough decisions, and those stories among others led MeatPoultry.com’s list of top news stories in 2012.

Visitors to the site also were focused on stories surrounding meat and poultry production in the US, especially when animal rights groups aimed their undercover videos at industry operations in an attempt to force change in production practices. While keeping an eye on state of businesses in the industry, readers also paid attention to those who passed away in 2012.

MeatPoultry.com’s top stories for 2012 were: 

Walmart ends National Beef contract 
Worker dies at Smithfield plant 
Christensen Farms CEO dies on hunting trip 
Worker dies after accident at Tyson plant 
Cargill considering sale of business unit 
Narration in undercover video misleading: Grandin 
More LFTB fallout: AFA files for bankruptcy 
Pilgrim’s announces more layoffs 
Bob Evans to close plants
California poultry processor files Chapter 11